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Insurance company pays for attorney in city's case against Sahbra Farms

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published: April 2, 2014 12:00 AM

The city of Streetsboro has representation in its case against Sahbra Farms over the zoning of the farm.

Mayor Glenn Broska said the city's insurance company has paid $25,000 to have Christley Herington & Pierce represent it in the case, but no Council action was necessary because the insurance company is footing the bill.

Broska said Law Director David Maistros recommended the firm.

"He went to Christley, Herington & Pierce because they've worked in Portage County and have handled this kind of thing before," said Broska.

It's possible, down the road, Broska might ask Council to budget money toward fighting the legal complaint.

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"If this drags on, our cost may exceed $25,000," he said. "Money may need to be allocated."

Broska said Maistros and Assistant Law Director Matt Vazanna also will be helping the firm.

"Our law department and Christley, Herington & Pierce will be working together, so if there are things we can do, we will offer our services to them to stretch that $25,000," said Broska.

Sahbra Farms, which is owned by David Gross, filed a legal complaint Jan. 24 against the city of Streetsboro, alleging the zoning of the 290-acre property at the corner of Route 14 and Diagonal Road is "unconstitutional."

Sahbra Farms is seeking compensation "representing the fair market value of the property and temporary taking damages for the city's taking of the property under Ohio law," states the complaint. The complaint claims the value of the property, had it been rezoned following the development of the 2009 plan, would have been more than $35 million.

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